Living Future Community

The Living Future Community...

is a group of individuals that represent Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley, united by a common passion for Deep Green building. Our community continues to grow to be inclusive to anyone interested in the built environment.

  • We seek broader inspiration and collaboration with peers and leaders from around the world. We facilitate educational series and events within Green Building United to teach and learn from each other.
  • We participate in the creation of living buildings, sites, and communities within our region.
  • We advocate for a deeper approach to and dialogue on sustainable development in our workplaces, governments, educational institutions, and media.
  • Together we grow, share, and act upon our knowledge and expertise to help move our community towards a greater balance with nature.
  • We believe an ecologically restorative, socially just, and beautiful built environment is not just good for the planet, but it is good for those who live here too.


New to the Living Building Challenge? Learn the basics! 

Living Future Community Council Volunteers

Wolfram Arendt | Amy Cornelius | Jason Curtis (co-facilitator) | Kate Flint | Michelle Jordan | Scott KellyDrew Lavine | Chris Lee | Charles LoomisLisa Shulock | Kristen Suzda (co-facilitator) 

If interested in getting involved, please see volunteer opportunities and contact information below! 

Thank You to Our 2020 Living Future Community Activities Sponsors



Volunteer Opportunities 


If you have limited availability but still want to volunteer, opportunities are available around event planning. This may include helping with planning logistics, or day-of event assistance. 

If interested, please cntact Chris Lee and Brendan McGrath


Young Adult Sustainable Design Education Initiative

Beginning in 2018, a dedicated group of Green Building United volunteers from the Living Future Community set out to educate young people about sustainable Design as a way to “sow the fields for the future.”  The first ever high school course structured around the holistic sustainability framework of Living Building Challenge was pioneered with Upper Dublin High School that year and is now entering its third curriculum year!

In this Holzchat interview, hosted by Green Building United members Ilka Cassidy and Steve Hessler, the Living Future Community’s initiative co-chair Drew Lavine and Upper Dublin High School Environmental Science Teacher Erin Loch discuss how this experiment in sustainability education came to be and where it is headed next.

If interested in helping with these efforts, please contact Drew Lavine  and Jason Curtis


Demonstration Project 

The current LF Community Demonstration project has completed its workshops. If you are interested in being part of the next demonstration project, please send comments, suggestions, and feedback from past experiences to Wolf Arendt.


News and Events

Our Living Future Community includes a group of Living Building Challenge experts that can teach new audiences all about the regenerative design framework. Whether it be at your school, your workplace, or organization, our trained ambassadors will tailor their presentation to your audience. 

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